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Family Battle Over Body, Burial Spot for Composer Theodorakis

September 5, 2021

 ATHENS – While his family and an associate of his wrangle over where he should bury – bringing in the courts – Greece's New Democracy government said the body of composer Mikis Theodorakis will lie in state for three days. That will be for three days at Athens Metropolitan Cathedral from Sept. 7-9 in honor of a man so revered that the Conservatives government will mark his life although it was spent as a leftist and Communist opposed to its rival's ideals.

The funeral is scheduled for Sept. 3 a 3 p..m. in the Cathedral, a family announcement initially said but there's a dispute over where he will buried, although he had submitted documents to court that wanted it to be in Galatas, near the Cretan city of Hania. His daughter, however, reportedly said she wants to pick the location and that it would be in Vrachati, outside Corinth, where the composer had a summer home, leading an Athens First Instance Court to issue a temporary ban on the burial.

The associate of Theodorakis maintains that the composer’s last wishes regarding his place of burial must be respected, said Kathimerini, leaving it up the air until at least Sept. 6 for a court ruling. Hania Mayor Panagiotis Simandirakis, made public a letter that Theodorakis had sent to his predecessor in 2013, stating his desire to be buried in Crete and informing him that his family was opposed to his decision although he wanted to be buried in the same cemetery with his parents and brother.

The Municipality of Oropos in Eastern Attica said it opened the prison cell where he was for his anti-junta activities during the military dictatorship in 1967 and then an internment camp for political prisoners.

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